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Logos as LXX-MT Two-way Index

Questions: How do we use Logos Bible Software to find all the Greek words used to translate a particular Hebrew word? What about all the Hebrew words that are translated by a particular Greek word? Answer: See the two videos below. Both are less than 5 minutes (give them a few seconds to load). Logos […]

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‘Warning’ or ‘Turning’ in Isaiah 8.11

This text-critical problem has been my hobby horse for a while now. I’ve posted on the problem before, but since then I have changed my mind and completely reworked my paper as a critique of the solution offered by the Comité pour l’analyse textuelle de l’Ancien Testament hébru. I presented this last semester in the […]

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John Meade on Isaiah 40:7-8

John Meade has posted the first of a four part series discussing an important textual problem associated with Isaiah 40:7-8. He doesn’t communicate with the world via the Twitter bird, so I thought I would post a notice here and tweet for him. If you are interested in textual criticism, this series will be a […]

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The Challenge of Reading the Greek Old Testament

It is hard to break the habit of reading the Greek Old Testament merely as a witness to a Hebrew Vorlage. Tessa Rajak puts it poignantly, Because of the complexity of its relationship with a range of Hebrew precursors, because of the sheer number of recensions which the Greek text underwent, and because of our […]

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Electronic Göttingen LXX On Sale

This sale is quite a deal. On Friday, 2/8/13, International Septuagint Day, Logos’s electronic Göttingen LXX will be available for $369. Use the coupon code LXXDay2013 at checkout. Every published volume is included. Even if you do not have a Logos base package, this is the sort of resource that would be worth purchasing as a […]

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MT and the “Oldest Text” of Jeremiah

Last week in our Hebrew syntax class we finished going through Jonah, and during the last few minutes of class we read through a passage in Jeremiah. At the end of class, a student raised  his hand and said, “I heard that the oldest text of Jeremiah does not include certain messianic passages. Is this […]

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“All Roads of LXX Studies Lead Back to Origen”

What does it mean that all roads of Septuagint studies lead back to Origen? Dines states it nicely, Origen had not intended his work to be used indiscriminately; it was to help users of the Bible who needed a clearer picture of the text in order to gain access to the Hebrew, whether for debate […]

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Prophetic Literature and Persecution

I’ve said a few times that if Christians in America ever experience more explicit, intense persecution, we will rediscover the true meaning and purpose of the biblical prophetic literature. It was interesting to read a similar thought from Jennifer Dines concerning the “prophetic gap.” If the Pentateuch was translated in the mid-second century B.C.E. and […]

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Why not Greek “Targums”?

There is a general consensus among scholars that the first first few books of the Septuagint were translated in the early- to mid-third century B.C.E in Alexandria. In her concise little Introduction to the Septuagint, Jennifer Dines ponders, Why were written Scriptures needed, or permitted, in Greek at a time when they were not, apparently, […]

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A Lexicographer’s Favorite Verses

Anyone with the slightest bit of experience doing word studies knows what a wearisome task the lexicographer has. Today, as my mind wandered from the task at hand, I flipped through the front pages of Takamitsu Muraoka’s Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint. What verses did he choose to include at the end of his Introduction (page […]